Escape the Norm
In this day and age of formulaic video games, there’s nothing more refreshing than a video game development studio that prides itself on blatant, game-changing innovation. Quantic Dream is a video game development studio based in Paris, France, which also lends its renowned motion capture services to film and video game industries. They’re well known for having their own motion capture studio, which consists of a 64 Vicon camera set. Aside from being a company that helps other creative agents, Quantic Dream is constantly striving to innovate and push forward a genre that it is responsible for creating in the video game industry itself.
The Innovative Spirit
Keeping in line with the innovative spirit, David Cage has publicly stated that although there has been some downloadable content for Heavy Rain, he will not create a game like “Heavy Rain 2”. He feels that it would be nothing more than milking the franchise. He has also made it clear that he wants people to get inspired and create competition in the field. Yes, David Cage is very emphatic on emotional story telling with complementary, innovative, interactivity, but he wants more developers to create some diversity so as to push this new progressive genre forward. That being said, Quantic Dream is currently working on a title featuring actress Ellen Page. Yes… Ellen Page. Quantic Dream does not plan to slow down its fearless innovation, but rather plans to go even further in their newest project titled Beyond: Two Souls. When trying to place this game in a genre, a combination of words alien to video games emerges: Psychological, Spiritual Thriller. One thing that hasn’t been touched upon in this article is the gorgeous visual experience that Quantic Dream is able to put on the screen. With their combination of outstanding artists and their motion capture studio, the graphics are vivid enough to give a person chills. Ellen Page has spoken of David Cage’s passion for the game, saying she was inspired by the combination of interactive gameplay and story that was profound, emotional and subversive. She also talked about the fact that because the game could go in so many different directions, she had to act out elements of a story with emotional intensity in a variety of contexts, some of which the gamer may never see. With Ellen Page’s dedicated performance, this game is going to be a killer. However, one cannot expect to have a conventional gaming experience in this brand new platform. If the goal is cheap thrills and headshots, this game would probably be pretty disappointing. After all, the plot of the game deals with deep, poignant concepts such as life after death, the idea of a soul or a spirit, and it involves taking control of a character named Jodie Holmes from age 8 to 23. It is a 15 year journey to discover the true meaning of what lies beyond. It really makes a person wonder. How is this going to be a game? Well, if any of this innovation taking place is sparking some interest, rest assured, Beyond: Two Souls is expected to release sometime within the first quarter of 2013.